Zinn, Kelly advance in Miss. US House race

Democrat Walter Zinn and Republican Trent Kelly advanced to a June 2 runoff to fill a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi, topping a field of 13 candidates in a contest to succeed a Republican who died weeks after starting the current term.

Zinn, 34, of Pontotoc, is an attorney who has worked as a political consultant. He was the only Democrat in the contest Tuesday and appears to have been helped by a splintering of the vote among a dozen Republicans.

Kelly, 49, of Saltillo, is a district attorney for seven counties, about one-third of the state’s 1st Congressional District.